UConn's Moore wins Wade Trophy

Updated: April 4, 2009, 9:14 PM ET
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Connecticut forward Maya Moore became the second sophomore to win the Wade Trophy on Saturday.

Candace Parker was the first sophomore to win the award in 2007. The Wade Trophy, now in its 31st year is named after the late Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade. The award debuted in 1978 as the first women's national player of the year award in college basketball.

Moore was one of 10 players named to the the State Farm All-America team. Oklahoma senior Courtney Paris became the eighth player in Division I history to be picked for four seasons running, joining Candice Wiggins and Chamique Holdsclaw.

Louisville's Angel McCoughtry is a three-time selection. Maryland's Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman are second-time honorees.

Jayne Appel of Stanford, DeWanna Bonner of Auburn, Tina Charles and Renee Montgomery of UConn, Jantel Lavender of Ohio State round out the team.

The first recipient of the Wade Trophy was Carol Blazejowski of Montclair State in 1978. Other Wade Trophy/NCAA Division I Player of the Year recipients include many WNBA standouts such as Teresa Weatherspoon (1988), DeLisha Milton-Jones (1997), Ticha Penicheiro (1998), Sue Bird (2002) and Diana Taurasi (2003).

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